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Mr. Dion is a sole practitioner in West Palm Beach. He was formerly with the Palm Beach County Office of the Public Defender as an Assistant Public Defender. He is currently a sole practitioner representing clients in Criminal Law, Traffic Law, Contract Law, and Corporate Law.

He earned his J.D from Suffolk University Law School, and Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. Mr. Dion teaches an LSAT course in the Test Preparation program at FAU. He also teaches for Palm Beach Community College.

Mr. Dion teaches Corporations and Criminal Law in the Paralegal Program.


Mr. Gordon is a partner in the law firm of Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach, Florida.
He received his B.A. degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and J.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

He has been admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court, Southern District and Middle District of Florida. He is a former adjunct professor at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Gordon has tried numerous civil and criminal cases throughout Florida. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer.

Mr. Gordon teaches Civil Litigation in the Paralegal Program.


Joy Kastanias is a practicing elder law attorney who has instructed various courses in the Paralegal Certificate and Test Preparation programs at Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Kastanias earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from the University of Alabama and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to attending law school, her professional experience included working as a technical writer and an editor. She is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Illinois.

Ms. Kastanias teaches the Certified Paralegal (CP) Test Preparation courses in the Paralegal Certificate Program..



Samantha Vacciana serves as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel in West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to her current position, Ms. Vacciana practiced family law for approximately five years, specializing in the areas of domestic violence and child custody.

Ms. Vacciana received both her BA and MA degrees from Florida Atlantic University and her JD from the University of Florida, College of Law where she graduated cum laude. She is Florida Bar Foundation and Equal Justice Works Fellow.

Ms. Vacciana is admitted to practice in Florida and in Federal District court.

Ms. Vacciana teaches Domestic Relations   in the Paralegal Program.

  Elise_Gross   ELISE GROSS

Elise Gross is a sole practitioner in Boca Raton. Her practice concentrates on estate planning, probate, and asset protection, as well as the business and succession planning which are involved in such procedures. She received her B.A. from Florida International University, her J.D. from New York Law School, and her L.L.M. in Estate Planning from the University of Miami, School of Law. She is also licensed to practice in New York.

Ms. Gross teaches Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning for our Paralegal Program.

  Javier_Zuniga  JAVIER ZUNIGA, ESQ

Javier Zuniga is a sole practitioner in Boca Raton. His practice, Zuniga Law, P.A., is focused in bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, consumer defense and immigration. Before being a lawyer, Mr. Zuniga worked in upper management of a large non-profit organization assisting distressed consumers with debt problems.

Mr. Zuniga received his B.S. degree (Paralegal Studies) and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. He is admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.

Mr. Zuniga is a member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. He is bilingual and a legal columnist in three Spanish publications in the tri-county area: Diario Golazo, Minutos360 & Momentos360.

Mr. Zuniga teaches Bankruptcy and Immigration in the Paralegal Program

  Javier_Zuniga  HARRY WINDERMAN

Harry Winderman focuses his practice primarily in the areas of commercial transactions, securities, commercial litigation and real estate development. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida where he teaches taxation, entrepreneurship, real estate principles and law and forensic accounting.

Mr. Winderman is admitted to the Florida and New Jersey State bars, along with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Tax Court. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Yeshiva University in 1970, a Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1973, a Masters in Taxation from New York University in 1975 and a Masters in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic.

Mr. Windermann teaches Foreclosures in the Paralegal Program.

  Javier_Zuniga  JOEL COMERFORD

Mr. Comerford is a sole practitioner in Boca Raton. He was formerly with the Law Firm of Camp & Camp, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale. He received his B.A. degree from Florida Atlantic University and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.

He has been admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. He practices in the areas of Probate Administration, Estate Planning and Real Estate.

Mr. Comerford teaches Probate and Introduction to Law in the Paralegal Program.

  Alene S. Egol  ALENE S. EGOL

Alene Egol has practiced Real Estate Law since her graduation Magna Cum Laude from New York Law School in 1984. Until the summer of 2000, she was Vice-President and Senior Title Counsel for a large New York City title insurance agency, Lex Terrae, Ltd., working on large commercial and industrial projects throughout NY State and the country. She also lectured extensively for the New York State Land Title Association on real estate law related topics. Upon relocating to South Florida in 2000, Ms. Egol became authorized house counsel and worked as a Senior Real Estate Attorney for both Florida Power & Light Company ("FPL") and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the alternative energy subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., helping to acquire land rights and using her title expertise for the construction of power plants, substations, easements and transmission rights in Florida, and wind, solar and nuclear plants throughout the U.S. Since her retirement from NextEra in 2012, she has been involved as an Executive Board Member and grant writer for Dress For Success Palm Beaches, a non-profit, helping disadvantaged women re-enter the workforce.

Ms. Egol is admitted to practice law in New York. In addition to her JD degree, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her BA from Queens College, New York and was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her MA and MPhil, Magna Cum Laude, in Germanic Languages and Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Ms. Egol teaches Real Estate Law in the Paralegal Program.


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